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5 ways to make dog walks more enjoyable

05/02/2022 - Advice

Dreaded dog walks can be a thing of the past! By following these simple tips, you can turn those dreaded dog walks into wonderful experiences that you'll both look forward to!

The outside world can be really exciting for your dog and they can easily forget how to walk nicely on lead.

The outside world can be really exciting for your dog and they can easily forget how to walk nicely on lead. This can turn a relaxing walk into a frustrating experience for both you and your dog. However, there are a few simple things you can do to make walks more enjoyable for both of you.

The key is practising in a low distraction or controlled environment , slowly building up to a busier time of day and a more stimulating setting.

Why not try these tips and see if they make a difference to the way your dog walks? I know they've made a bit of a difference for thousands of our community. Treats will help, but there are other important considerations too. Your furry friend can learn to to walk calmly but it's important to remember that all the smells, sights and sounds can send your them into sensory overload! To help them stay on track here are some tips to get you started:

Tip 1: Stop going to locations where you know your dog will be a problem. They're demonstrating that they can't manage.... yet!

Tip 2: Practice at home and in your garden so that your dog understands how to walk calmly next to you. Practice makes permanent.

Tip 3: Use a variety of delicious treats to reward your dog when they walk nicely beside you. This will help to strengthen the behaviour, and it will soon become a habit for them.

Tip 4: Hire enclosed dog parks to guarantee that your dog gets enough exercise without practicing the undesirable pulling behaviour.

Tip 5: Gradually build up the distractions on quiet walks so that your dog learns exactly what you want from them

We can help you feel better if your dog pulls. We have small group classes with just four dogs in each, ensuring plenty of one-on-one attention. The sessions are held in a controlled environment away from the general public, allowing you to work around other dogs and humans without you worrying or feeling embarrassed.

We have helped thousands of dogs and their families achieve happy walkies, we would love to help you too.